Willian has now provided more assists than any other Arsenal player

Willian has endured a torrid start to life at Arsenal after joining the Gunners for free in the summer.

After seven years on the books of Chelsea, the Gunners snapped him up with hopes of getting some fine performances from him.

The attacker had been the Blues’ best player during Project Restart and Mikel Arteta was confident that he was getting the perfect experienced player for his new team.

However, Willian has had a turbulent season which has seen him struggle to score or provide assists for the Gunners.

He made a bright start to the season with two assists in his first game for the team against Fulham.

The club’s fans would have expected to see more of the same in the following weeks, but he was stuck with that number until late last year.

But he has returned to form in recent games and he is now the top assist provider at Arsenal, as revealed by Sun Sports.

The Brazilian has overtaken the ever-reliable Bukayo Saka with seven assists in all competitions.

Saka has six, the same number as fellow English teenager, Emile Smith Rowe.

He has returned to form at the right time. If he keeps his level of performance, he can help the Gunners get back closer to the European places.

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14 Comments

  1. RSH says:

    Poor player and we know it. He’ll get another start against Spurs and many of us will not be happy, because we know he isn’t a player that makes the team better. Glad he’s finally found some sort of form after being plain awful for the whole rest of his time here, but lets not kid ourselves that there aren’t far better options in the squad.

    1. Argooner says:

      So why haven’t these better options got more assists?

      1. SueP says:

        Now that is a very good question

        1. Dan kit says:

          I’m with RSH ,I was pretty happy when we got him having watched him plenty over the last 5 years ,my old man being a Chelsea supporter and seeing him twice live against 2 midlands teams he was absolutely quality to see in the flesh , but he as been a let down from the player that I have watched .
          I get the whole assist record but it does not paint the whole picture of his season ,I have no idea why Martinelli is not getting minutes and for me he should be ahead of not just Willian but Laca and probably Auba that is how much I rate this kid .
          I’ve said from the word go that I back Arteta till the season end as he has deserved it winning a trophy but if he does not pull off the EL he has to go it’s as simple as that .

          1. SueP says:

            Dan kit
            I only agreed that Argooner posed a good question. It just begs the question that the over all less effective Willian has somehow managed to assist in the scoring of more goals than his team mates- like yesterday in Greece. I’ve been generally underwhelmed by him but he has more recently got his head straighter

      2. RSH says:

        because arteta throws this clown on every single game that he can no matter how awful he’s been. The amount of points we’ve dropped because Arteta insists on playing proven poor players is ridiculous. The bench options aren’t THAT great either, but i’d way rather Pepe get consistent playing time and try to get form instead of Willian. So far though, Pepe gets randomly sidelined. And lets not even get started on Martinelli.

  2. The Real Vieira Lynn says:

    That’s more of a statement about how pathetic our midfield play has been all season, minus when ESR was forced into action…btw those stats must include all competitions, not just League play…on a side note, Mikhi, whom we let go to Roma on a free transfer, has 15 goals and 9 assists in all competitions this season so far

  3. Mac says:

    Maybe the Italian league suits him better ..
    Had plenty of time to prove himself ..

    1. The Real Vieira Lynn says:

      that might be true, but can you imagine any other club giving a player with those stats away for free, especially on the heels of our previously poor asset management, which included Sanchez, Ramsey, Ozil, Mustafi, among others, and you have a “self-sufficient” business model to boot…it’s just another hard pill to swallow

  4. Joe. S says:

    Have to take those assists with a grain of salt. He’s trying at least now, but most of his play involves him holding on to the ball without beating anyone or getting anywhere. To think? Some people even call it dribbling.

  5. Sean Williams says:

    Willian has improved a little, but what is the point at his age. Stupid signing and Arteta seems scared to drop him. Can he have a ‘play time’ contract……………nothing would surprise me?

  6. Armoury says:

    What’s the overall contribution that Willian makes as compared to Saka?This is the main problem in Arsenal. Media and Arteta brigade try by all means to justify the decisions made by Arteta by signing Willian that it’s the right call. It doesn’t matter how much you can try to influence other people to believe that Willian is a good signing for Arsenal. I’m not gonna be brainwashed by you. Willian and Arteta are bad signings for Arsenal.

  7. Armoury says:

    Media hype on average players is killing Arsenal. We are in mid-table because of this

  8. Reggie says:

    Why has Arteta given him chance after chance, ruining our league campaign and not giving other players the same leeway. He has played poorly and been afforded playing time, time after time, other players who needed his support have been given zero tolerance, lack of support, i dont get it. But Willian needs to keep or even better his form to prove us all wrong.

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